From the Activism Chair

By Caryl Schwartz —

As the Chair of the newly formed Activism Committee, I want to share PV Dems priorities for the upcoming elections.  We will be focusing on the newly redistricted CA Congressional District (CD) 45 and local elections.  In CD 45, Democrat Jay Chen is running against Republican incumbent Michelle Steel.  The race is considered a toss-up.  Jay needs our help to get across the finish line.  In 2022, Trumpian Michelle Steel voted AGAINST the following key legislation:

  • Inflation Reduction Act
  • PACT Act (VA care and benefits for victims of Burn Pits and other toxins)
  • CHIPS and Science Act funding for US Semiconductor and Chips manufacturing to bring it back from China — NOTE: this is a national security issue – Kingston Industries, largest Chip manufacturer in US, is located in Steel’s district
  • Cutting prescription drug costs by allowing the Federal Government to negotiate Medicare drug prices directly with Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Affordable Insulin Now Act (caps cost of Insulin at $35 per month)
  • Violence Against Women Act
  • Right to Contraception Act
  • Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriation Act
  •  American Rescue Plan (Clean Energy investments)

The list is considerably longer, but you get the idea.  Michelle Steel consistently votes against her constituents’ best interests.

I encourage you to join our Monday phone banks and Saturday canvassing.

Local Races Matter!!!  The School Board elections are very contentious and 4 out of 5 Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District (PVPUSD) Board seats are open.  Ed First PV formed a conservative slate of candidates in a nonpartisan race.  They are distorting facts and fear mongering.  At the recent Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum (Sept 12) several on the Ed First PV slate stated they voted against the recent School Bond.   You can view a recording of the forum at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY3pQkOjKrU

Here are the LACDP Peninsula endorsed Candidates.  Please visit the candidate’s website to learn more, volunteer, donate or get a yard sign.

Paul Seo for RPV City Council:  https://www.votepaulseo.com

Dr. Sara Deen for PVPUSD:  https://www.drsaradeen.com/

Ami Gandhi for PVPUSD: https://www.gandhi4pv.com/committees.html

VOLUNTEER to hang door-hangers on the Peninsula — PV Dems will have 2000 door-hangers to distribute to households in the district with our endorsed candidates’ names.  We will need volunteers to assist in the effort.  Please contact me at pvcaryl@verizon.net if you would like to help hang door-hangers.

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